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Drug rehabilitation center to rise in Sarangani

Philippine and Chinese authorities led the groundbreaking ceremony for the grant-aid Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Sarangani Province Wednesday.

Jin Yuan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, said the project was the “harvest” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China in 2016 and was one of the many benefits that resulted from the enhanced cooperation and healthy relationship between the two countries.

“The Chinese government will always extend a helping hand when our close neighbor and friend is in need,” Jin said.

Jin also cited China’s cash assistance after the earthquake in Surigao City, machine and equipment grants for the rehabilitation of Marawi, and the financial assistance for the areas struck by typhoon Vinta.

“I believe under President Duterte’s leadership, together with the efforts of the Philippine people, the disaster-affected areas will soon be rebuilt into even better places,” he said.

“China will continue beneficial cooperation with our Philippine counterparts. I believe with our joint efforts; we will share a very bright future together,” he added.

For his part, Philippine Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-Ang expressed his trust in the continued friendship between China and the Philippines

“Truly, our undertakings do build not only facilities but also build networks and synergies… whatever good things we build end up building us,” he said.

“Let us continue to weave collaborative strategies as we introduce meaningful transformation and significant change for our people… Let us all bear the torch of change and be a beacon of hope for the society especially to those who have fallen victim to the lure of illicit drugs,” Tong-An added.

Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and Mayor Vic Paul Salarda also delivered their messages, expressing appreciation to the Chinese government and hopes for continued healthy relations between the two countries and their peoples.

The Project of two Dangerous Drugs Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers, located in Sarangani and Agusan del Sur respectively, is the first Chinese grant aid construction project in the Philippines.

The project will provide two modern and scientific drug rehabilitation centers that will provide the Philippines with a comfortable treatment environment for the patients. The gross floor area of each center is 6750 sqm which could fit approximately 150 beds. Each center would house an Admission or Administration Building, a Pavilion/Transition Villa, a Staff House and Motor Pool building, a Male and Female Dormitory building, and a Multi-purpose covered court among others.

The construction of the rehabilitation centers is estimated to finish within 21 months.#